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11  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Dragonfly on: March 25, 2016 10:45:30 PM



Pinterest gave me inspiration for my latest project---a dragonfly made from ceiling fan blades.  I found them & a single chair leg at my local Habitat for Humanity.  Each piece was about 25 or 50 Cents.  I also found a glass garden globe on clearance for about $1.  Most of what I spent was a lot of time.

I laid the chair leg & fan blades on a piece of paper, in the proper shape, & drew around the center section to make a pattern.  Before cutting the pattern, I folded it in half lengthwise so both sides would be the same.  I transferred the pattern to a scrap of plywood & my very sweet husband cut it out for me. 

I adapted a clip art drawing of a dragonfly to fit my needs & painted it on the blades.  I finished with 3 coats of polyurethane for protection.  Using the original holes in the fan blades, Hubby helped me drill & bolt everything together with stainless steel nuts & bolts.  He cut most of the spike from the garden globe & drilled the top of the chair leg so it would fit for the head.  We added a wall hanger to the back but could have mounted it to a stake to display it in a flower garden

Over all, I'm pleased with it & already have friends wanting help in creating their own. 











12  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Painted garden stakes on: March 25, 2016 10:27:16 PM
I'm still enjoying making painted garden stakes from recycled wooden spindles & poles. A stair handrail that is flat on one side & was originally used as a drapery rod made 3 different stakes.  One was a flag pole that hung from a wall bracket.  The others are used wooden spindles.

I added wooden finials or solar lights to the top & either metal spikes or copper tubing to the bottom. 

My grandson deserves credit for painting the one with green zigzags. 

All have 3 protective layers of polyurethane.














13  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Winter Holidays / Re: Eldred (formerly Elsie) on: March 12, 2016 05:41:21 AM
The feathers are from a pkg of multicolored ones I purchased at one of the craft stores.  I chose the small,grayish fluffy ones & hot glued them into the seam before I sewed it.  I put the glue far enough inside the seam edge so I could still sew it.  For the wing tips, I placed a short feather far enough inside the wing so only the end tuft shows.  The center vane is inside.  I ran a thin line of white glue around his neck & pressed small scraps of feather clippings into it.
14  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Yard Bird on: March 08, 2016 07:44:58 AM
Suzyqz, you're right  on both counts.  Spray base & acrylic bottles.  The polyurethane is gloss, brushed on.  I'm in Florida too---Central---but only spend winters here.  Are we close to each other?
   
15  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Flamingos on: March 07, 2016 08:53:25 PM
When I decided to paint flamingos, I wasn't sure where to look for them but eventually found them at a Big R store.  Later I got them from WalMart.  Both places had a package of two for about $10.  Online, Home Depot has them 2 for $14 or 10 for $30.  I've enjoyed painting them & intend to do more.

You can also check at Dollar Tree a bit later in the spring.  They've had some that are about 12" tall---table top size.  I've not painted any of them yet but am waiting to see if they sell them again this year.
16  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Re: Painted Flamingos on: February 22, 2016 11:46:26 PM
Thank you.  I appreciate the lovely comments.

I usually spray them first with a white primer coat so the pink underneath won't change the colors I paint on.  Then I lightly draw on the design I want & paint freehand.  Afterwards, I brush on 3 protective coats of polyurethane. 
17  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Painted Flamingos on: February 20, 2016 10:49:21 PM
I've been painting flamingos again & thoroughly enjoying it. 

I had Fall colors in mind for the one I gave a dear friend.  She loved it & placed it immediately in her front flowerbed.
 
Another, for our community's Christmas gift exchange, was a great success if it's gauged by the number of people who wanted it.  I tried a lighter, more pastel palette on that one.

The most recent is named Mardi for the obvious reason---She's done up in mostly Mardi Gras colors of purple, green & gold.

I haven't decided which is my favorite yet but am well pleased with all of them.











18  HOME SWEET HOME / Exterior Decorating / Yard Art / Gardening: Completed Projects / Reyne, a garden fox on: February 20, 2016 09:53:03 PM
I hate it when I forget to take photos before I begin a project---but I did.  A friend asked me to paint a peeled & faded fox that's been in her flower garden for years.  I've not had much experience in this area but decided to give it a try.  It could always be repainted if I failed.

While I know what a fox looks like, I captured free clip art images from the internet so I could more accurately paint in the details.
 
After a good scrubbing, I sprayed him with a nugmeg colored primer---the best option of what I had on hand.

When he was dry, I began brushing on the different colors.  I was amazed that what I expected to take a day or 2 was finished in less than 2 hours.  It took much longer to brush on the 3 coats of mat finish polyurethane for protection.  I finished with a coat of gloss polyurethane on his eyes & nose.

For a first try, I was very pleased with the result & so was my friend.  We named him Reyne after Reynard, a fox prominent in medieval French fables.






19  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Re: Funky painted bar stools on: January 28, 2016 12:57:04 PM
Thanks for featuring my barstools in your interior decorating category.  I enjoyed painting them & they always draw comments from anyone who sees them---mostly favorable so far.
20  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Completed Projects / Funky painted bar stools on: January 10, 2016 08:28:26 PM
When I wanted to add a splash of color to my almost white kitchen, I decided to paint the table height stools I use at the island.  I purchased them online, unfinished.

Since the living, dining, family rooms & kitchen are all fairly open I carried the colors from these rooms to the kitchen.  I also wanted the colors from the photo on the wall represented.

Inspiration was an abstract triptych on the living room wall but I soon abandoned it in favor of my own designs.  I'm very well pleased with the colors & designs but still have to add another coat of paint to the legs because I had difficulty getting it to cover properly.  After they're finished & thoroughly dry, I'll coat them with polyurethane for protection.






 
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